Create a colourful Hourglass to measure moments of time. Historically made with sand this Hourglass will be made with rice. There will be a few factors to consider when making your own Hourglass, the quantity and coarseness of the rice, the size of your bottles and the length of the neck of your bottles, this will all help determine the duration of the time – will it pass quickly or very slowly?

Activity and images by Hana Vasak.


  • 2 x same size glass bottles
  • 1 cup of rice
  • 1 tbsp Vinegar
  • Colour food dye
  • Adhesive tape
  • Ribbon
  • Sandwich lock bag
  • Small piece of cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Food processor  
  • Super Glue

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    Monet, The Galette

    Step 1

    • Place the cup of rice into the sandwich lock bag
    • Add 1 tbsp of vinegar
    • Close bag and mix through rice
    • Add food dye or the dye you have to the bag, close and mix through until all the rice is covered

    Step 2

    Place rice onto a plate and let air dry for up to 2 hours

    Monet, The Galette

    Monet, The Galette

    Step 3

    • Once rice is dry place into a food processor – Blend very lightly, just enough for the rice to be the consistency of couscous or finer if you want time to pass slower.
    • Trace the top of the bottle onto a piece of cardboard – cut this out, insert a small hole in the middle, this is where the rice will fall through in the centre, the smaller the hole is the slower your rice will fall.
    • Stick this piece on top of the bottle top

    Step 4

    • Stick this piece on top of the bottle top
    • Place the other bottle upside down on top of the other bottle with the rice in it
    • Using Adhesive tap to join the two bottle together

    Monet, The Galette

    Monet, The Galette

    Step 5

    • Use a ribbon to cover the join of the bottles
    • Stick together using super glue

    Now you can enjoy watching a small moment of time in pass by in your colourful Hourglass.

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